Jakarta delegation proposes to resolve Karachi traffic woes

September 22, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Commissioner Karachi Shoaib Ahmed Siddiqui has said government was taking every possible measures to improve transport facilities and traffic system in Karachi as there was a need to work with comprehensive planning to resolve the current traffic and transport issues on the basis of modern scientific scale.

“Governor Sindh and chief minister Sindh have showed their personal interest to resolve traffic and transport issues in the city and ordered relevant organizations to resolve the issues on priority basis,” he said while talking to a delegation of Institute of Transport and Development Policy Jakarta (ITDPJ) at his office.

Siddiqui said the relevant organizations were working on several projects such as Saddar Traffic Improvement Scheme and Bus Rapid Transport (BRT). Hopefully, with the completion of those projects the traffic and transport situation would also improve.

He said, under the project of BRT, plan for running big 600 buses on six lanes in the city has started, which would be completed by 2018. 100 buses were expected to run on Yellow Lane the next year. Yellow Lane would ply the route from Landhi to Tower through Shahrah-e-Faisal and MA Jinnah Road.

The delegation of Jakarta proposed to conduct skilled study to improve the transport system in Karachi. The leader of the delegation and Director ITDPJ Yoga Adiwindarto informed the details of the proposal. Priscilla Fabiola, transport expert Malik Zaheer-ul-Islam, Secretary Regional Transport Authority Manshad Ali and Assistant Commissioner Shahzaib Sheikh were also present on the occasion.

Adiwindarto said that ITDPJ would prepare suggestions for improvement of transport. He said that to improve the transport system BRT project should be comprehensively put through keeping in view the civic and suburban needs. The study would keep in view the population, recent traffic system and convenience of the citizens. Hopefully, ITDPJ study would help resolve the traffic issues in Karachi.

He said that the study would be conducted with comprehensive planning and discussion with the relevant departments, keeping in view the needs of the future.

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